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Eaton invests £3.8m in Worksop switch plant

Eaton has invested more than £3.8m in its Worksop site in the UK where it manufactures rotary cam switches and switch disconnectors. The investment has increased the plant’s capacity to meet the growing global demand for the company’s switches.

Swappage scheme offers £4,000 off a new robot

ABB has launched a scheme that will allow UK manufacturers to trade in old robots and get a discount of up to £4,000 off the cost of a new robot. The scheme, which is part of ABB’s drive to encourage the take-up of robotic automation in UK manufacturing, is open to end-users from any industry.

UK manufacturers’ optimism hits a three-year high

Optimism among UK manufacturers has risen at the fastest rate since April 2010 as orders and output continued to grow steadily in the three months to October, according to the latest quarterly Industrial Trends Survey from the CBI (Conferderation of British Industry).

EEF’s HR consultancy aims to help companies to grow

EEF, the UK manufacturers’ organisation, is launching an HR (human resources) consultancy to help manufacturers to adapt their businesses from survival mode to take advantage of the recovery.

Transmission distributor demerges from Indian partner

The original owners of the power transmission distributor, Distag, which joined forces with the Indian manufacturer Pix Transmission in 1999 to form Pix Europe, have bought back their share of the business and set up a new company to distribute Pix products in the UK and Ireland. Pix will continue to sell its products in mainland Europe through PIX Transmissions Europe.

Most UK manufacturers want to stay in the EU

An overwhelming majority (85%) of British manufacturers believe that that the UK must remain part of the European Union, according to a survey of members of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. The manufacturers say that EU membership is critical to exports, and that the economic benefits far outweigh concerns about regulation or the repatriation of powers.

Motor Driven Systems kicks off UK tour in Scotland

The first in a series of one-day conferences on saving energy in motor-driven apparatus has taken place in Scotland. The Motor Driven Systems (MDS) conferences are aimed at helping industry professionals to generate financial savings from their motor-driven installations.

23% of SMEs have failed to invoice for work

Small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses in the UK could be losing out on millions of pounds as a result of poor internal systems, according to a new survey which reveals that almost a quarter (23%) of SME manufacturers have forgotten to invoice for goods or services at least once.

Campaign aims to raise profile of SME manufacturers

The British government’s Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) has launched a campaign aimed at raising the profile of SME (small to medium sized) manufacturers in England and role they play in driving economic growth. The sector includes more than 80,000 businesses employing 1.1 million people and contributes £140bn to GDP.

UK manufacturing sector maintains ‘stellar’ performance

The UK manufacturing sector continued to expand during September, to deliver its strongest quarterly performance since the first quarter of 2011. The seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) expanded for the sixth successive month, and the labour market also showed further signs of improvement, with the rate of job creation hitting a 28-month peak.

Awards will recognise skills achievements in the UK

Semta, the employer-led organisation that fosters skills in engineering, manufacturing and science in the UK, has announced plans for an awards scheme that will recognise the achievements of people, businesses and training partners across the sector.

£400m boost for engineering and science education

David Willetts, the British government minister for universities and science, has announced plans to invest £200m in new teaching facilities for science and engineering at UK universities. The Government funding will be matched by an equal contribution from the private sector, which could be in the form of gifts such as equipment.

Manufacturing orders are highest since crisis began

A survey of nearly 400 UK manufacturers has shown that growth in the manufacturing sector is continuing to pick up, with orders at their highest level since the start of the financial crisis. The CBI’s latest monthly Industrial Trends Survey reveals that orders rose for the fifth consecutive month, while exports orders also grew strongly.

98% of UK female engineers find their job rewarding

More than 80% of female engineers in the UK are happy with their career choice and 98% find their job rewarding, according to a new survey conducted by by the engineering consultancy Atkins in partnership with BP, Rolls-Royce and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

David Brown joins forces with gearbox sister firm, Moventas

Finland's Moventas Group has acquired the wind gearbox business of its Huddersfield-based sister company, David Brown, along with its UK production plant, test facilities and service workshop. Both businesses are owned by the Glasgow-based Clyde Blowers group.